Broderbund is a leading supplier of computer software, and its suite of Mavis Beacon typing software is among its most popular offerings. Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Platinum is the company's flagship typing application and one that easily ranks among the best typing software on the market. While the program is not quite as feature rich as a few other typing programs we reviewed, it nonetheless delivers a comprehensive and effective training module that can be customized for your needs.

The Platinum version of this typing software offers dozens of typing lessons and more than 400 practice sessions to help you hone the skills you are taught. The software's number of offered keyboarding practice sessions is far more than any other application we reviewed and are essential for you to learn how to type more accurately and quickly.

Like most typing programs we reviewed, this one has an accumulative curriculum. This means you begin at your current typing level and complete progressively more difficult lessons on your way to becoming an expert typist. One function of this software that we like is that it requires you to repeat lessons if you do not reach a certain level of speed or accuracy. This ensures that the software is actually working and is effectively teaching you how to type.

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Platinum also comes with 16 typing games. Typing software games are sometimes frowned upon because they can trivialize the learning experience and distract students from the task. In the case of this program, though, the games are designed in a way that makes you feel like you're having a good time when you're really learning. Broderbund delivers an effective balance between entertaining learners and keeping them focused.

This typing software offers a number of customization options that allow you to tailor and enhance your learning experience. Most impressive is the ability to create custom lessons by selecting your own combination of exercises, games and typing tests. The idea is to allow you to concentrate on the areas of typing you need to focus on the most. The typing software has options to customize the font used in the program, disable tracking and listen to music. All of these factors allow you to tailor the program to your personal preferences.

This Platinum version in the Mavis Beacon suite of typing software constitutes an excellent keyboarding program. However, we have a few minor issues with the software. For starters, Mavis Beacon offers neither audio nor video instruction, while some of our higher-ranked typing programs do. Lacking these items doesn't make the software deficient, but their inclusion would make the software even more useful and could broaden its appeal among potential users, especially individuals seeking those specific learning tools.

Another issue is Broderbund's selection of support resources. The help documentation on the company's website offers plenty of information regarding replacement discs, refunds and rebate information, but you won’t find anything about problems you might experience when using the typing software itself.

The company relies on its user forums to pick up the slack; you can interact with other users and ask questions about the software. There is also a knowledgebase with some tips on using the typing software.

The printed user manual provides in-depth coverage of everything you every need to know about this typing software. However, it would be helpful if Broderbund provided complementary information for this typing software on its website. Also, the company does not provide any technical support via telephone.

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Platinum Summary:
8.6/10

With hundreds of typing exercises, valuable learning games, and versatile customization options, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Platinum is exceptional typing software. We wish the program were supplemented with both video instruction and telephone support, but the typing software nonetheless delivers a typing curriculum that can teach anyone how to properly type.

 
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Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Platinum

Pros
This version of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing offers more typing exercises than any other typing program we reviewed, and you can customize the curriculum to fit your needs.

Cons
The application lacks video instruction, and the manufacturer doesn't provide technical support via telephone.

The Verdict
: 8.6/10

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Platinum excels in terms of both quality and quantity when it comes to its versatile typing program.